A BIOGRAPHY of Cardross-born author A.J.Cronin was published on Thursday June 2 2011.
The 384 page hardback 'A.J Cronin — The Man who Created Dr Finlay' is the work of Welsh author Alan Davies, and is published by Alma Books, price £20.
In this the first full-length life of this eminent but often neglected writer, Alan Davies recounts the story of Cronin’s Scottish childhood as the son of a Protestant mother and Catholic father at their home in Helensburgh, his subsequent medical career, and ultimately his rise to literary prominence.
He emphasises throughout the importance of holding at arm’s length many of the apocryphal tales that have accumulated around the memory of the author of 'Hatter’s Castle', 'The Citadel' and 'The Stars Look Down', many of which are based on mistaken autobiographical readings of Cronin’s fiction itself.
Incorporating an account of Cronin’s tempestuous relationship with his publisher, Victor Gollancz, and some startling revelations about the author’s marriage, the book paints a clearer portrait of both Cronin the writer and Cronin the man than the world has hitherto seen.
Alan Davies was born in Pontnewydd in South Wales, and read Anthropology at University College London. After a career in industry, he turned to writing and the study of the life and works of A.J. Cronin, one of his lifelong passions. He has two children and lives in Shropshire with his wife.
An account of Cronin's life can be found here in The Arts section of this website.